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Virtual Instruments Introduces Industry's First Comprehensive Infrastructure Performance Monitoring Solution for SAN, NAS Environments


Virtual Instruments, the leader in infrastructure performance analytics, today announced the launch of VirtualWisdom5 and the new VirtualWisdom Network Attached Storage (NAS) Performance Probe. VirtualWisdom5 is the industry’s only vendor-independent cross-domain infrastructure performance monitoring and analytics solution with visibility into both SAN and NAS environments. It offers easy access to real-time wire data and actionable analytics to ensure performance and availability for mission-critical applications across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

New enhancements to VirtualWisdom5 include:

  • Support for the new NAS Performance Probe for NFSv3 environments.
  • Enhancements to the user interface for an improved look and feel, including a dark theme for easier viewing and side bar navigation that takes advantage of wide screen resolution.
  • Enhancements to the Seasonal Trend analytic that builds upon the VirtualWisdom 4.4 capability to analyze business behavior of any application workload and detect deviations from normal. In 5.0 customers can now alert to deviations from normal behavior for every application workload, physical or virtual server, network switch, or storage array.
  • A new workload analytic that enables the capture of production workload behavior. Through integration with Load DynamiX Enterprise, it creates workload models that can be used to test, load and validate proposed storage environments and changes in the lab.
  • Greater than 10X speedup in SAN fabric discovery; scalable to very large fabrics with tens of thousands of active ports.

NAS Performance Probe key features:

  • Simultaneous monitoring of up to 16 ports, packaged in a 2RU chassis
  • Full duplex monitoring at 10Gb Ethernet line rate with optical connectivity
  • Support for NFS v3 environments, followed by SMB3 support in Q1 2017
  • Support for real-time monitoring of all NAS vendor products supporting NFSv3
  • Support for link aggregation

IT organizations are expected to deliver increased agility and infrastructure performance, while dealing with rapidly changing application workloads underpinned by accelerating data center complexity. Complexity is increasing everywhere in today’s data center. IT teams need to balance the demands of maximizing performance and availability while minimizing costs. By providing deep domain experience across all platforms and applications, VirtualWisdom5 enables proactive management of performance challenges with visibility spanning from the virtual machine to the file system and LUN, which is crucial to an enterprise’s ability to stay competitive in today's fast-moving business environment.

For many years and in hundreds of large enterprises, the VirtualWisdom platform has been the gold standard for performance monitoring for Fibre Channel SAN infrastructure, and it is now addressing the $6 billion market1 for NAS-based storage infrastructure. NAS environments struggle with many performance issues such as rogue clients and noisy neighbors that impact overall performance. They have lacked a viable solution that provides both SLA enforcement and intelligent analytics to identify underlying root causes. Customers can rely on the benefits and capabilities for their NAS infrastructure in the same way they rely on Virtual Instruments to manage their SAN environments. This includes NAS performance SLAs made possible by the capture of latency and I/O size data at the granularity of every read and write operation that traverses the network.

“Storage environments continue to be monitored via stand-alone OEM tools, giving rise to fragmented visibility across a heterogeneous storage environment. Infrastructure architects and IT administrators must use an integrated IT infrastructure monitoring approach to improve overall performance,” wrote Pankaj Prasad and Santhosh Rao, of Gartner.2

The VirtualWisdom NAS Performance Probe is a line-rate NFS monitoring device for the real-time analysis of wire data and correlation across compute, network and storage at an unprecedented level of granularity. VirtualWisdom5 combines agentless collection of physical and virtual machine data with wire data from purpose-built out-of-band hardware probes. It collects, correlates and analyzes an unmatched breadth and depth of data, enabling enterprises to avoid problems and maximize the utilization of their critical infrastructure assets.

“The team at Razor Technology is very excited that Virtual Instruments is adding NAS support to its VirtualWisdom infrastructure performance analytics platform. Our clients are very much looking forward to evaluating how it can help them assure the performance and availability of their business-critical NAS deployments,” said Jay Gagne, CTO of Razor Technology, a leading technology solutions provider dedicated to bringing enterprise-class solutions to companies of all sizes.

“Virtual Instruments provides customers with a single source of truth across their hybrid data center, increasing staff productivity and business efficiency,” said Philippe Vincent, CEO of Virtual Instruments. “As an easy-to-use, single pane of glass monitoring platform, VirtualWisdom5 enables our customers to control costs, optimize their heterogeneous infrastructure and ultimately improve application performance.”

Published Tuesday, September 20, 2016 8:45 AM by David Marshall
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